Hydroglossum auriculatum Willd.
Lygodium semihastatum Desv.
Ugena semihastata Cav.
Lygodium auriculatum is a slender, evergreen, climbing fern with a short-creeping rhizome[
]. All species of the genus have an elongated climbing rachis (leaf stem) that has the capacity for indefinite growth, often reaching lengths of several metres. It twines around other plants for support, often climbing up from the shade into a sunny position[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use in basketry and weaving.
Although we have found no reports of toxicity for this species, a number of ferns contain carcinogens so some caution is advisable[
Many ferns also contain thiaminase, an enzyme that robs the body of its vitamin B complex. In small quantities this enzyme will do no harm to people eating an adequate diet that is rich in vitamin B, though large quantities can cause severe health problems. The enzyme is destroyed by heat or thorough drying, so cooking the plant will remove the thiaminase[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Micronesia.
Found at elevations up to 600 metres[
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The roots can be planted in a shady position, allowing the plant to climb up into the sun[
]. Prefers a neutral to slightly acid soil[
Splints prepared from the stems are used in the manufacture of baskets, hats, and fancy boxes[
]. The splints can be combined with buri (Corypha spp.) or some other fibre to make various fancy articles such as cigarette cases or pocketbooks. The effect is very pleasing, particularly when the plant stem is black[
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